We don’t have an exact timeline for Adalberto Mondesi, who hit the IL with a subluxation of his shoulder, but you have to think he’ll be sidelined for at least a few weeks. With the Royals not competing this season they aren’t going to rush him back, instead giving him the proper time to get back to 100% healthy.
In terms of a potential replacement, is there anyone who can truly step in for what Mondesi has done this season? Whether you have questions about his sustainability (which we do considering the questionable approach, as he owns a 19.6% SwStr% and 42.9% O-Swing%), you are going to be hard pressed to find someone who is hitting .266 with 7 HR and 31 SB.
There’s no perfect option, but here are a few names to consider (owned in less than 50% of CBS Sports and/or ESPN leagues):
- Kolten Wong (2B, STL) – He may be in a platoon at this point, though the left-handed swinger should be on the favorable side. Considering the questions facing Mondesi, Wong’s .246 AVG isn’t a big impediment and he does have 7 HR/14 SB on the season.
- Danny Santana (1B/2B/SS/OF, TEX) – Considering he’s hitting .316 with 13 HR and 11 SB it’s surprising he’s not already owned in more formats (42% in CBS Sports, 20.0% in ESPN). Maybe questions about playing time factor in, but his ability to play across the diamond should solve that. It’s interesting because he has similar questions to Mondesi (Santana entered Thursday with a 14.5% SwStr% and 40.5% O-Swing%) and having benefited from a .395 BABIP. He’s the type of player who you should ride any hot streak, making him an optimal plug in option right now.
- Joey Wendle (2B/SS/3B, TB) – The Rays are deep and there is no guarantee that Wendle is in the lineup regularly. That said it appears they are trying to find ways to keep his bat in the lineup, at least against right-handed pitchers, and over the past two seasons he has 20 SB over 595 AB. That’s enough to at least grab your attention as a streaming option if the match-ups call for it.
Sources – Fangraphs, CBS Sports, ESPN